Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array

Replacement Value : $481
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Portable Recorder

Number of Tracks


Max Sample Rate/Resolution

96 kHz / 24-Bit


Built-In Cardioid Condenser 4-Mic Array

Built-In Speaker



Monochrome LCD

Memory Card Support

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (Up to 512 GB)


Audio File Formats

Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa/AmbiX), BWF, WAV, iXML

Sample Rates

44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Ambisonics)
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Stereo)
44.1 / 48 kHz (Binaural)

Bit Depth

16 / 24-Bit



Clock Accuracy

0.5 ppm


Analog I/O

2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Output

Host Connection

1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)


Gain Range

Mic Inputs:
+18 to +48 dB

Max Output Level

Line Outputs:
-10 dBu

Headphone Output Power

20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms

Microphone Max SPL

120 dB


Power Options

Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter

Battery Type

2 x AA

Approximate Battery Life

FuMa 48 kHz/24-Bit:
11.5 Hours (Alkaline)
11.5 Hours (NiMH)
24 Hours (Lithium)

AC/DC Power Adapter

5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)


Mounting Options

1/4"-20 Female


3 x 3.1 x 4.8" / 76 x 78 x 123 mm


4.2 oz / 120 g

- Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array (ZOH3VR)
- Foam Windscreen
- Dual Mounting Bracket
- 2 x AA Batteries

The Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder is a compact audio recorder with a built-in Ambisonics mic array offering flexible 360° audio capture as well as integrated Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for external processing. The device goes well beyond VR applications and additionally gears towards sound recordists, audio engineers, and content creators in music, audio-for-video, game audio, and AR production.

Binaural 3D Stereo

The H3-VR also records stereo binaural WAV files up to 24 bit/48 kHz. Stereo binaural provides a hyper-realistic spatial recording that enhances 2D productions with 3D audio.

Sound for Film

Record dynamic Foley, sound effects, and ambience for film, television, and video game projects for Dolby Atmos Surround Sound as well as 5.1 surround processing with the included Mac/PC software.

Sound for VR

The H3-VR’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures precise 360° VR audio recordings up to 24 bit/96 kHz. And without ever connecting to a computer, the onboard decoder allows you to export Ambisonics B-format files directly.

Live Streaming Audio

USB 2.0 audio interface mode supports live streaming and recording via USB Micro-B connection.

Versatile Playback, Decode, and Export Functions

  • The onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio and easily pairs with your 360-video

  • Export Ambisonics recordings as 5.1 surround files via free Zoom Ambisonics Player software for Mac and Windows

  • 6-axis motion sensor provides automatic detection of mic position, enabling the audio and video orientations to stay aligned from scene to scene regardless of mic placement

  • Integrated Ambisonics playback allows you to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening

  • Supports real-time headphone monitoring in stereo binaural or simulated 360° mode

  • Separate 3.5mm headphone and line outputs with independent volume adjustment allow simultaneous connection to your headphones and camera

Easy Controls

  • A directionally-responsive LCD screen provides a bright, clear display even when upside-down

  • Straight forward buttons include home, play/pause, forward, back, and menu

  • Hold function locks your settings on the H3-VR while recording

  • Easily adjust the gains of all four mic capsules simultaneously for accurate, balanced 360-degree audio

  • H3 Control App allows remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata notes via your iOS device and optional Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter, allowing you to control the device in real-time without being in the shot—an essential consideration for VR audio capture

  • Included mounting bracket allows you to mount the H3-VR to your VR camera

Precise Audio Quality

  • You can achieve sample rate stability through the use of an accurate internal clock. The H3-VR’s highly accurate internal clock with 0.5 ppm discrepancy reduces audio/visual drift

  • The H3-VR’s advanced onboard limiter offers distortion-free signal at high volumes

  • The H3-VR’s adjustable low cut filter removes unwanted low-end frequencies

Power Options

  • Two AA lithium batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 24 hours

  • Two AA NiMH batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 11.5 hours

  • For longer shoots, the H3-VR can also use portable USB batteries or compatible AC adapter

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